Ex-Burnley MP to be given Freedom of Borough?

Peter Pike

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A former MP and Burnley stalwart could be given the Freedom of the Borough.

Peter Pike, who was the town’s Member of Parliament for 22 years, could receive the honour for “exceptional” service to Burnley.

The long-serving former Labour politician also does extensive work for the Clarets Trust, Civic Society and homeless charity Emmaus.

Now leading councillors hope to honour the contribution of 76-year-old Mr Pike by making him a Freeman of the Borough.

Coun. Mark Townsend, current deputy Labour leader in Burnley, confirmed plans were in the early stages.

But Coun. Townsend said he would wholeheartedly support moves to bestow Mr Pike with the honour.

“It is to mark people’s contribution to the borough,” he said.

“Peter has spent 22 years as the MP and his considerable work for the Clarets Trust, he is chairman of Emmaus and the Civic Society.

“I am of the belief that there is a strong case that Peter’s contribution to the life of Burnley has been exceptional.

“I would be very strongly in support of it because of the work he has done over the years.

“There should be some kind of reward if it can be done.”

Mr Pike, who is an avid Clarets fan, represented Burnley as MP between 1983 and 2005.